Scuba diving opens up a whole new world that is as different as it is exciting. Life forms adapted to underwater living come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. To enjoy the beautiful oceanic life, you need the right training, knowledge, and equipment. Speaking of equipment, you need to know the various components that make for a successful scuba dive. Let’s take a look at the complete list of scuba diving equipment.
One of the main reasons why you need a good face mask is because your eyes are not made to function at their optimum when under water. A good mask will allow you to see the underwater world more clearly by bringing out all the vivid colors.
The wetsuit keeps you warm (and offers protection) especially when you are diving in colder water. While it might feel heavy out of the water it is made of a rubber type material called neoprene which has positive buoyancy. It works by locking in a thin layer of water close your skin, you can maintain good body temperature.
To help you propel yourself and make the right movements when underwater, you will need the right fins. There are many varieties available from open heel fins to full feet fins. The type you choose will depend on your preference and comfort.
These work in pretty much the same way as the wet suit. They trap water close to the skin to help maintain body temperature. They also prevent you from abrasions as you explore your underwater world.
This is a special tank made from steel or aluminum which stores compressed air. It is this air that you will be breathing when underwater.
It allows you to breathe the air from the tank and is connected to the tank by the first stage and to your mouth by the second stage. A regulator should be simple to use and comfortable.
You will need to be able to tell which direction you are moving towards when under water. The compass will help you do this. The depth gauge tells you how deep you are while the pressure gauge will inform you about the level of gas remaining in the tanks.
The dive computer can be purchased separately and tells you the depth, time spent underwater as well as the time that you can remain underwater. It is often used together with the pressure gauge, compass and depth gauge for a much more efficient dive.
It is essentially a vest that you wear when diving and its main function is to prevent you from sinking or floating to the surface.
There are some other accessories that you might need such as a snorkel, underwater camera, and defogger.